Gathering and Assembling Evidence and Files for Use During Trial

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Trial Brief or Trial Book
Gathering and Assembling Evidence and Files for Use During Trial
Pleading Folder
Exhibit (Evidence) Folder
Gathering and Assembling Evidence and
Files for Use During Trial
Reorganize and place the exhibit folder in chronological order by subject matter and mark it clearly
Divide into categories such as purchase orders, contract, tax returns, etc,
Note the source of exhibit either by stapling or clipping on a copy of the exhibit. Never mark or crop the original
Each document should be dated
Maintain the original of any potential exhibit in the exhibit folder with a copy to the evidence file and chronological file
Separate folder for each case should contain the following:
Summary of facts to be proven at the time of trial
Summary of issues left to be tried
Summary of your plaintiff's reply
Summary of the answer and affirmative defenses
Summary of the allegations of the complaint
Plaintiff's pleadings and motions and a separate division for defendant's pleadings and motions
Legal research folder for use during trial should contain:
Witness folder should contain:
Statements made by a witness
Summary of any depositions
Any investigation reports
Any notes taken at an interview of a witness
Separate statements about each individual witness
Case or statute citations opposing any evidentiary matter your opponent may raise
Case or statute citations in support of your attorney's position on evidentiary or other trial matters